A Split Brazil Re-Elects President Dilma Rousseff

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Brazilian voters re-elected Worker's Party candidate and incumbent Dilma Rousseff on Sunday. The election split voters along geographic and economic lines: the country's poorer regions supported Rousseff, while the wealthier southern states supported her challenger, Aecio Neves. Many view Rousseff's victory as support for her social policies that have lifted millions of Brazilians out of poverty. The business community, however, reacted less favorably -- Brazilian financial markets plunged 5 percent amid fear that Rousseff cannot restore consumer confidence. Forum discusses the election and some of the challenges ahead for Rousseff: the sluggish economy, political corruption and weak ties with the U.S.


Jan Piotrowski, Sao Paulo bureau chief for The Economist

Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars